By now, the key theme of the Drought Diaries should be clear: water is precious.  Water is life.  As conscious consumers, we should do all we can to conserve, conserve, conserve.

The cool thing about water conservation as that there are so many ways to do it.  You can go big by installing a greywater system, or stay small and just take shorter showers.  Everyone’s needs are different, everyone’s usage is different, and as such, everyone’s efforts to save water will be different.  We have no judgement here, as long as everyone’s doing what they can.

There is, however, one roadblock that several members of our crew have run into, and which some of our readers may have seen, too.  When you rent an apartment, there’s a clear limit on how many changes you can make to your residence to keep it water-friendly.  On top of that, many water recycling methods assume you have a garden to re-use water, in, but most apartments don’t have yards.  So without installing anything or recycling, can you live a water-conscious lifestyle?

The easiest way to save water regardless is of your home situation is through your diet and shopping choices.  By now, our readers are probably sick of hearing us ramble ad nauseum about virtual water and how our food has a massive water impact, so we’re not going to bore you by going into it once again.  We will say, however, that as long as your residence has a refrigerator, a cupboard, or even a hot plate, you can make water-conscious decisions every time you sit down to eat.

Then there’s your utilities.  Energy and water are inextricably linked, as virtual water must be used in the energy-generating process.  So simple decisions like turning off the AC if you’re not hot, turning out the lights when you leave a room, and unplugging devices that aren’t in use can add up to water savings, besides being naturally energy-conscious as well.

And then there’s the standard water conservation methods: let it mellow.  Skip the occasional shower, and keep the existing showers short and sweet.  Only run full loads of dishes and laundry.  Little common sense tricks like this don’t require a big home or a yard to add up.

Most important, though, is that you just stay knowledgeable about what’s going on in your world and in your water system.  When you know how your water gets to you, you can also know how to cut out extraneous steps and make the most of what you have.  And after all, isn’t that what the Drought Diaries are here for?